An oft quoted aphorism from Audre Lorde suggests that: “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” This statement is about agency and power, owning one's place and voice in the world and standing firm in one's truth. Each of us can learn a … Continue reading Caitlyn Jenner and the Challenge of Christian Love
A priest and a pastor walk into a coffeeshop... No, this is not the beginning of a joke. This is the continuation of a relationship forged months ago that has continued to bear fruit for mission and ministry to God's heavenly commonwealth. Anyway, a priest and a pastor walk into a coffeeshop and just open … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: The Worship War and the Broken Body
Full disclosure: I haven't written an actual blog in a while, so I'm a little rusty, but I figure that the afterglow of Easter Sunday presents a perfect opportunity to do some in-depth, "out-loud," on-screen spiritual reflection. I've been consumed with parish ministry. Not consumed like a "flesh eating bacteria" consumed (although at times it … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Flashes of Light
Let's be clear: male privilege and patriarchy are as pervasive as the air we breathe and much like that air, it is often invisible (unless you live in Los Angeles). Male privilege is why a man is a "boss" and a woman is a "bitch." Its why a bunch of men can usurp women's vaginas as community property, bloviating about what they think should be the reproductive rights of women.
For the past few months I have been on a quest to find a barber. Let me pause here and explain to the masses why a bald, Black man needs a barber. First, I have facial hair that, if not for the skill of a good barber, can go werewolf very quickly. Second (and more … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Barbershop Blessings
"Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8 I've heard it said that the 4th Commandment, the commandment instructing us to keep sabbath, is the only one of the Ten Commandments that we willingly break and then brag about. I mean think about it, our culture is obsessed with busyness. Think of … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Stop it, and I Mean it!
A few weeks ago I came into my office on what I thought would be a typical day. As I am apt to do, I began sorting through a flurry of blog posts that friends and fellow ministers were posting on Facebook and Twitter and I came across a posting from a Roman priest extolling … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Why I Wear my Anglican Collar… Sometimes
This musing is going to be short, because it's just a simple question that I've been reflecting upon this week. The question is this: What song has God been singing to you lately? In one of my favorite books that I haven't read yet (I have lot's of those) The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien describes the creation of … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Listen to the Angels Shouting
James tells us that "faith without works is dead (James 2:14)." Prayer without action related to the request is like plugging in a lamp but not turning on the switch. Sure, you've connected to the source, but you haven't ACTIVATED the power
Exclaiming "Keep Christ in Christmas" is not enough in a world where, too often, "Christ" is no where to be found in the "Christian." We are challenged by the world to proclaim, and more importantly to LIVE out, why Christ matters.